Noctua Slim Tower NH-U12S Intel/AMD CPU Air Cooler

Noctua NH-U12 S Ultra Quiet Single Tower CPU Cooler, 5 Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, for Intel/AMD Processors

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Product Overview The NH-U12S is the latest 12cm model of Noctua’s classic U-series single tower CPU coolers, which have received more than 400 awards and recommendations from the international press. The S-version’s 45mm slim shape guarantees 100% compatibility with tall RAM modules and at the same time, its fine-tuned design and the class-leading NF-F12 FocusedFlow™ fan with PWM support for fully automatic speed control allow it to further improve its predecessor’s renowned quiet cooling performance. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2™ multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U12S is a complete premium quality solution that combines outstanding performance, quiet operation and excellent compatibility. Features Award-winning NH-U12 series
The NH-U12S is the latest version of Noctua's award-winning NH-U12 coolers. First introduced in 2005, the NH-U series has become a standard choice for premium quality quiet CPU coolers and won more than 400 awards and recommendations from leading international hardware websites and magazines.

100% RAM compatibility
Thanks to its slim design with only 45mm fin depth, the NH-U12S will not overhang the RAM slots even with two fans installed. This gives the user full access to the memory modules on all current CPU sockets and guarantees 100% compatibility with tall heatspreaders or optional memory fans.*

Classic 120mm tower size for excellent overall compatibility
Standing 158mm tall, the NH-U12S is short enough to fit most modern mid- or high-end tower cases. Measuring 125mm wide (including fan and fan clips), the cooler stays clear of the top PCIe slot on standard ATX or Micro-ATX motherboards, ensuring best compatibility with SLI and CrossFire setups.

NF-F12 120mm Focused Flow™ fan
Recommended by more than 150 hardware publications and thousands of enthusiasts world-wide, the Noctua's premium quality NF-F12 Focused Flow™ 120mm fan is renowned to combine superb static pressure, excellent heatsink performance and surprising quietness of operation.

PWM support and Low-Noise Adaptor
The NF-F12 120mm fan supplied with the NH-U12S supports PWM for convenient automatic speed control through the mainboard. In addition, the maximum fan speed can be reduced from 1500 to 1200rpm using the supplied Low-Noise Adaptor for even quieter operation.

Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12 (optional, not included)
For users who want to achieve even better performance by adding a second, optional (not included) NF-F12 fan to create a push/pull setup, the NH-U12S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.

SecuFirm2™ mounting system
Noctua's SecuFirm2™ mounting systems have become synonymous with quality, safety and ease of use. Supporting Intel LGA115x (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156), LGA2011 and AMD (AM3+, AM2+, FM1, FM2, FM2+), the SecuFirm2™ mounting included with the NH-U12S guarantees perfect contact pressure and maximum convenience on all current sockets.

Compatibility with past and future sockets
Complying with the open SecuFirm™ standard, the NH-U12S can be made compatible with the older LGA1366 and LGA775 sockets using the optional NM-I3 mounting kit, which is provided by Noctua free of charge. If technically possible, Noctua will also provide upgrade kits for future sockets.

NT-H1 thermal compound
Having received more than 100 awards and recommendations from hardware journalists around the world, Noctua's NT-H1 is a proven professional grade TIM solution that provides minimum thermal resistance, excellent ease of use and outstanding reliability.

Includes:
• NH-U12S Cooler Unit.
• NF-F12 PWM premium fan.
• Low-Noise Adaptor (L.N.A.).
• NT-H1 high-grade thermal compound.
• SecuFirm2™ Mounting Kit.
• Anti-vibration pads and fan-clips for second NF-F12.
• Noctua Metal Case-Badge.

Please note: Some AMD mainboards violate the 96x114mm keep-out zone specified by AMD, so the NH-U12S can only be used with RAM modules of up to 40mm height on these boards.
Specifications
Cooler Specifications
Edition NH-U12 S
Cooler Form Factor Single Tower
Heatpipes 5
Cooler Features
  • Aluminium Fins
  • Copper Base
Socket Compatibility
  • 1150
  • 1151
  • 1155
  • 1156
  • 2011
  • 2011-3 (Square ILM)
  • AM2
  • AM2+
  • AM3
  • AM3+
  • FM1
  • FM2
  • FM2+ (backplate required)
Max. Cooling Capacity 140W
Fan Specifications
Included Fan Configuaration 1 x 120mm
Fan Edition Noctua NF-F12 PWM
PWM Fan Yes
Fan Bearing Type SSO2
Fan Colour Beige/Brown
LED Lighting Colour N/A
Fan Connectors 1 x 4-pin
Approx Fan Speed 1500 rpm
Adjustable Fan Speed Controller No
Fan Airflow 54.9 CFM
Air Pressure 2.61 mm H2O
Sound Level (dB) 22.4 dB
Sound Level (Sone)  
Materials
Fan Material Plastic
Heatsink Material Aluminium / Nickel Plated / Copper
Dimensions & Weight
Fan Dimensions 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Heatsink Dimensions 125 x 158 x 45 mm (WxHxD)
Total Dimensions 125 x 158 x 71 mm (WxHxD)
Weight 755 g
Warranty

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Details
Duration:
60 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
7 days
RTB Period:
60 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
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Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cool and quiet It has been a long going debate for me to decide whether to go liquid or air. I opted for air in the end, as I had no idea what happens with a liquid cooler if the pump goes; with air cooling you still have a giant heat sink on top of your cpu so this feels safer after all (also don't like the thought of liquid inside the case). I've checked out a lot of these coolers, Noctua became the winning one for two very important reasons: - RAM clearance: it is true as it says in the ad, with this cooler you will have access to all your RAM slots. - ease of installation: many great coolers seemed to have the problem of complicated installation that gave hard work even to professional builders (eg the black rock), and I am not one of those. I couldn't believe how easy it was to install, everything fit perfectly and was simply a joy to put it all together. Take care when you install your motherboard though: I have a cut out on my case (NZXT Phantom) to install a cooler, however the hole was in the wrong position and didn't let me install the backplate of the cooler, so had to remove the motherboard. Once the sink is on, the fans clip on easily. I went for a dual fan layout; although I have to admit it is not really necessary, according to tests adding the 2nd fan will only make 2-3C difference in cpu temperature. It operates quietly, you will hear it when it's running at high speeds, but not disturbing at all. Have to mention the outstanding quality of the whole package. The heat sink looks great and of high quality - the surface going on the cpu is the smoothest piece of metal I've ever seen. The mounting kit is sturdy and of proper materials. Everything was boxed professionally, and you get all the little bits you will ever need - this includes larger spacers if you wanna install a 2nd fan, mounting kit for both intel and amd motherboards, thermal paste, wires etc. Considering the top quality of the kit, I think the price is very reasonable, I can only recommend it! . 21 September 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Extremely quiet Very quiet, even at load very easy to install that doesn't require removing the back plate. 09 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Noctua Excellence Noctua NH-U12S Ultra-Quiet This is the quietes fan cooler ive used even better than my watercooled system 27 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Quiet high performance cooling Using this cooler on an overclocked Intel Core i5 2500k. 4.2GHz from 3.3GHz. I am averaging around 40c idle and 55c load in a warm room, in a mid sized case with good airflow (but lots of hard drives/cables and a hot GPU). At full RPM, the fan is somewhat noisy, but below 1200 rpm, it is silent compared to other components. The Noctua mounting system is a dream to use, very simple and very strong. Intels stock solutions are just poor in comparison. It is helpful if your motherboard tray has a cutout to help mount the backplate if your motherboard is already installed. 10 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great cooler I bought this to replace a coolermaster hyper 212 evo. The noctua was much easier to fit than the coolermaster got a nice oc to 4.4ghz on my 4670k! 11 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Quality One of the best coolers in the market. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. This is the 2nd one I have purchased, would highly recommend. 29 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PC Cooling Excellent product. We have been having some issues with cooling and had the fans running fast to cool the PC which became way too loud. Installed the Noctura and the PC is now ultra quiet and the temperature is now under control even when my sons play their games. Very pleased with this purchase. 23 March 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Makes no noise at all! I bought this for my friends PC and it keeps his CPU at 4.5ghz whilst staying ultra silent 12 December 2013
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I am looking at purchasing this cooler but am ideally looking for a dual fan cooler. Will I be able to add another 120mm fan from Noctua to attach it to the other side to do this?

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The NH-U12S includes fan clips and an extra set of custom-designed anti-vibration pads that allow to off-set the rear fan by 5mm to improve acoustics in dual-fan mode.
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Yes you can add another fan. The cooler came with spacers that will fit another Noctua fan installed on the otherside of the cooler.
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Yes I believe there is a dual fan version, but you could just buy another fan and attach it to the other side
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yes you can it has extra fittings in the box to do so.
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yes you can make this a dual fan configuration, an extra fan cost about £15. You will need the NF-F12-PWM fan, this is scan item LN42674.

You can attach a fan on both sides of the sink, or you can use one fan in either a push or pull configuration.
To attach a second fan (this one will "pull" the air), you will need to use larger spacers which are included in the kit.

I recommend to use a Y cable so that you can plug in both fans to the same socket, therefore they will run at the same speed. I'm not sure if this is included in the box, but it is sold very cheap at scan (item LN58568 I think)

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Yes you can, Just get the same fan and attach it to the other side with ease, make sure you have a second cpu fan slot otherwise they wont be going at the same speed!
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There's no information on the height of the Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Pro Series, or what the clearance room is for the Noctua NH-U12S Slim - can you guys assist?
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its quite hard to tell; from above it looks like the fans leave the RAM slots completely clear.
I don't know how wide and tall the Vengeance Pro series rams are; I installed normal Vengeance rams, they seem to have about about 1.5cm clearance till the fan (can't really say an accurate measurement, its hard to see from that angle. Please check out the photos)

The good thing about this cooler is that you can place the fan wherever you want.
If you need more ram clearance, you can move the fan further up on the sink;
or if you only use one fan, you can put it on the other side of the sink, this will definitely leave enough space for any ram as the sink is indeed slim.

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Yes your ram is compatible with this cooler.

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It would be impossible to tell what overclock you could get on your CPU because it is down to many factors to do with your PC.

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